What does safeguarding mean?
Some adults and children are vulnerable to different forms of abuse. A vulnerable adult is any person aged 18 or older who:
- May be in need of extra support because they are ill, elderly or have a learning or physical disability, sensory impairment or mental ill health; and
- May be unable to take care of themselves or unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation.
This definition is consistent with that of Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults at Risk Partnership. The Partnership Board is committed to preventing the abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults and works in partnership with other agencies to do so.
There are different forms of harm and exploitation which we refer to as abuse:
- Physical abuse which is the physical ill treatment of an adult which may or may not cause physical injury e.g. hitting, slapping and punching
- Sexual abuse which is the involvement of individuals in sexual activities, to which they may not have given informed consent, may not fully comprehend or with which they do not wish to continue or that violate the social taboos of family roles
- Psychological abuse which results from being repeatedly made to feel unhappy, anxious, afraid, humiliated or devalued by the actions or inactions and/or attitudes of others
- Discriminatory abuse is psychological abuse and harassment that is racist, sexist or linked to a person’s age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, cultural background or religion
- Financial abuse which is misappropriation of an individual’s funds, benefits, savings etc or any other action that is against the person’s best interests e.g. theft of money, fraud or persuading an adult at risk to enter in to a financial agreement which is to their detriment
- Neglect which is the deliberate withholding OR unintentional failure to provide appropriate and adequate care and support.
- Other forms of abuse may include domestic abuse, alcohol or substance abuse within the household.
In summary, adult abuse is a violation of an individual’s human or civil rights by any other person or persons.
Futures Housing Group is a member of the Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults at Risk Partnership, and works in partnership with organisations throughout Derbyshire, including the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board, to identify and report suspected neglect or abuse of vulnerable adults and children.
We have a detailed policy and procedure which sets out our approach to identifying and managing safeguarding and our employees are trained to identify possible cases and report them to the appropriate people.
We are also a member of the Safeguarding Children Partnership which brings relevant organisations together to oversee their approach to addressing children at risk of abuse or neglect.
Child abuse is the physical, sexual, or emotional mistreatment of a child. A child is defined as any child or young person who has not yet reached the age of 18. A child can be vulnerable in a number of ways:
- They may be subject to abuse or maltreatment
- There may be an impairment to their health or development
- They may be unable to grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
The abuse or neglect of a child can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic abuse, parental alcohol and substance misuse, or alcohol and substance misuse by a young person(s).
Who can I speak to?
If you have a concern that you may be the victim of abuse, or have reason to suspect that a vulnerable adult or child may be abused, you should contact Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058, or 01629 533160 for calls after 5pm or over weekends and bank holidays.
In an emergency, always dial 999.
Download our Safeguarding Fact Sheet (NEW DOC & LINK NEEDED).